Steven Appier, Shawnee Mission East chemistry teacher, has been selected as a 2020 Wolfe Teaching Excellence Award Winner, by The University of Kansas.
Nominations are made by KU seniors who recognize a former teacher that encouraged and positively influenced students to dream, aspire, and persevere.
Appier was nominated by former student, Eleanor Stewart-Jones, who wrote, "My passion for science and success in college are both based on the foundation I received from Mr. Appier. Every day, Mr. Appier works to ignite his student's passion for science. His students’ success speaks to his skill as an educator, his ability to inspire, and his dedication to his students."
As a KU Wolfe Teaching Excellence Award Winner, Appier will receive a $3,000 award from KU, and Shawnee Mission East will receive a $1,000 award.
“Certainly, I didn’t pursue a career in teaching for the accolades; but it truly is an honor to receive this distinction,” Appier noted. “It is that recognition by students that makes receiving this such a significant distinction for me, personally.”
Traditionally, winners are invited to be formally recognized by the university during commencement weekend; however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, commencement has been postponed. Recognition will take place once event and ceremony plans are finalized.